French lesson

The monstrous murder of school history teacher Samuel Pati in the capital’s Ile-de-France region deeply shocked France. President Emmanuel Macron called it a terrorist act.

The tragedy took place on Friday evening in the small town of Conflans-Saint-Honorine, located three dozen kilometers from the capital. The teacher was leaving the school when a man armed with a knife attacked him at dusk. The reprisal was swift: the attacker cut the teacher’s throat. A few minutes later, a photo of the victim’s severed head appeared on Twitter, and in the signature – threats against President Emmanuel Macron. The killer resisted the police officers who arrived in time to the crime scene and was shot dead.

The scene of the crime was quickly restored. It turned out that during a lesson on October 5, to demonstrate freedom of speech, Pati began to show schoolchildren caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. As the chairman of the parent committee, Rodrigo Arenas, later said, some parents took this dubious experiment with hostility. The teacher, in turn, complained to the police about the threats from the parents. The investigation established that the attacker “asked the schoolchildren to show him the history teacher,” and a photograph of the future victim was found on his phone.

The French authorities do not want to share freedom of speech and permissiveness, and therefore such crimes are not a one-time exception

Local media hastened to replicate and make headlines police information that the killer had Chechen roots and was born in Moscow. Later, the head of the country’s anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office, Jean-François Ricard, confirmed this by calling the name of the offender: 18-year-old Abdulakh Anzorov, who had not previously been included in law enforcement reports. The French police at night, the police conducted a series of searches in the apartments of the killer’s relatives, detaining 10 people, including the killer’s parents, grandfather and brother. According to the investigation, the half-sister of one of the detainees joined the terrorist group DAISH in 2014 (banned in the Russian Federation).

The Russian Embassy in Paris quickly clarified, stressing that “the crime has nothing to do with Russia, since this person lived in France for 12 years, his family was accepted by the French side.” The head of the press service of the embassy, ​​Sergei Parinov, told reporters: “This man entered France with his family in 2008, at the age of 6. Here the family asked for political asylum, they lived on the basis of a long-term residence permit, Anzorov himself received his own residence permit upon reaching the age of majority this year (according to the French side, until 2030 – approx. “RG”). He had no contacts with the embassy. ” “In this case, the important thing is not where a person was born, but where, when and why he began to profess a terrorist ideology, which Russia always, of course, condemns in all its manifestations,” the diplomatic mission stressed.

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in his Telegram channel: “The criminal has no nationality … This tragedy makes one think that French society, speaking of democracy, often confuses it with permissiveness, demonstration of an impermissible attitude towards Islamic values. . I dare to assure everyone that the Chechens have nothing to do with it. ” He recalled that Anzorov “spent almost his entire life in France, having moved there as a child with his parents, grew up next to the French, communicated, spoke and wrote in their language.” “And he probably gave an account of his actions, realizing that the state does not hear the believers point-blank,” Kadyrov concluded, condemning the terrorist attack. “When the state institution of interethnic and interfaith relations is established in France, then the country will have a healthy society,” he summed up.

The shocking murder instantly became a national hit. President Emmanuel Macron, along with several ministers, arrived at the crime scene, thanked the law enforcement officers for their decisive actions, and expressed support and solidarity to the colleagues of the murdered teacher. The president called the attack “an attempt on the values ​​of the republic, on the education of free citizens.” Macron was not shy about catchy phrases, promising that “obscurantism and violence will not pass,” and “terrorists will not be able to split society.” Le Parisien reported that a national farewell ceremony would be organized near Paris. The French authorities have also promised an effective strategy for responding to threats that may come to teachers. Other political and public leaders have also condemned and promised tough measures.

Meanwhile, despite the loud statements of politicians, for France this murder can hardly be called an exception or a kind of one-time shock. According to the TASS news agency, the murdered teacher became the 259th victim of terrorists in the five years that have passed since the resonant attack on the editorial board of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo due to the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Then Islamist militants armed with machine guns shot 12 people. And just three weeks ago, an 18-year-old Pakistani attacked two of its employees near the old editorial building, where the Premier Lin office is now located. He later explained that the motive was the re-publication of the cartoons of the prophet.

But, as in the situation with Charlie Hebdo, and with the murder of a school teacher, the French authorities made it clear that they do not intend to assess the situation with cartoons of the prophet. Prime Minister Jean Casteks in an interview with the newspaper Le journal du Dimanche, answering the question of whether it is necessary to study cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at school, said: “They have become an integral part of history, and it is up to the teachers to discuss them in class or not. and not the prime minister. There is no doubt that those who teach knowledge to our children should remain free to do so. This freedom is not negotiable. “